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MICHELLE HUGHES | May 28, 2015 | ASYLUM SEEKER HEALTH | 1 |

Health not Harm: The RACP calls for change

In a speech on the current migration crisis this week, the UN High Commissioner singled out Australia’s poor treatment of refugees stating: “I am also dismayed that in Australia, people on boats intercepted at sea are sent to detention centres where conditions are inadequate.” Earlier this week, in an important addition to the increasing chorus [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | May 28, 2015 | #IHMAYDAY 2014 | |

Is it time to rethink the possibilities for rural health?

Jennifer Doggett reports from Darwin:  ‘Possibilities’ was the theme of the final day of #ruralhealthconf, and the ideas put forward by the keynote and concurrent session speakers challenged delegates to broaden their horizons and re-think narrow conceptions of rural health. From the forces of globalisation, to the impact of domestic economic policies, to the need for [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | May 27, 2015 | #IHMAYDAY15 | |

Announcing the program for #IHMayDay15 on Friday – please tune in on Twitter

Below we announce the program for #IHMayDay15 on Friday – a day of action and listening on Twitter on all matters to do with the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It runs from 7am-10pm. Please tune into the hashtag over the next few days and most especially on Friday: Aboriginal and Torres [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | May 27, 2015 | E-HEALTH | 1 |

Parliamentary Library budget brief: E-health funding ‘a holding action’ ?

 In this budget brief from the parliamentary library Dr Rhonda Jolly explores whether the current tinkering around the edges of the health record could be a prelude to a new strategy. Dr Rhonda Jolly writes: E health makes use of developments in computer technology and telecommunications to deliver health information and services more effectively and [...]

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Have bravery; will learn

This week the Four Corners expose on bullying in the medical profession has been all over mainstream (see here and here) and social media. An article by Kimberley Ivory and Helen Scott in The Conversation looked at the scope and devastating impact of bullying on both staff and patients.  In Victoria it has previously been announced [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | May 26, 2015 | #NRHC15 | |

On the importance of place (and produce) for rural health

Jennifer Doggett reports from Darwin: A picture of a mouldy lettuce and tired looking carrot selling for $6 in a remote area of Australia was a powerful reminder to delegates at #ruralhealthconf of the challenges involved in rural and remote health. Professor Alan Cass from the Menzies School of Health Research used this example to [...]

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MICHELLE HUGHES | May 26, 2015 | HUMAN RIGHTS | |

Care discrimination: Outcomes from a recent review

Many thanks to Dr Marie Bismark and the MJA for allowing us to republish this article, which was first published in MJA InSight on 25 May 2015. Dr Marie Bismark writes: DURING her pregnancy, Ms Ziarata Zia, a Sunni Hanafi Muslim, attended an antenatal appointment at Monash Health and asked to be examined by a [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | May 26, 2015 | #NRHC15 | |

What will it take to improve rural health? Internet, internet, internet…

Jennifer Doggett reports: One of the most important outcomes from the National Rural Health Conference in Darwin will be a set of recommendations for action to improve health services in rural and remote areas and to overcome some of the barriers to good health. These recommendations will be developed via a collaborative and structured process open to [...]

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MARIE MCINERNEY | May 26, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | |

Tom Calma urges Justice Reinvestment to bring #JustJustice for Indigenous people

Australia needs to follow international leaders in Justice Reinvestment programs if it is to address the high rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, says leading social justice and human rights advocate Professor Tom Calma. Lending his support to the #JustJustice campaign, Professor Calma, former Social Justice Commissioner, said better research is also [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | May 25, 2015 | #NRHC15 | 1 |

Profiling success stories and challenges at #ruralhealthconf

Jennifer Doggett reports from the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin Personal story telling, international law, political campaigning and cutting edge research combined to make a powerful case for a person-centred health system on Day 1 of the #ruralhealthconf. However, the need to see people within the context of their connections to families, communities, [...]

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